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Extending genoa tracks

My genoa tracks are about 1.5m long and they are curved. I want to extend them about 40cm (around 15 inches) and it doesnt matter if the extra bit is straight.

Is it possible to leave the exisiting track and carefully align the extra bit and then fasten it. My concern is that the car may not run smoothly over the join.

Any help much appreciated.

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re: Extending genoa tracks

Track is pretty cheap in the long run. Along with it may be a good thing to rebed the bolts that you have. A new longer track might be better in the long run. That is what I choose to do. Went from a 1.5M track to a 2M track, added some to the front, rear, not needed as much as the front........
HERE is a write up of what I did. may give you an option or two.....

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Re: Extending genoa tracks

If you get identical track and the alignment is true then I don't see why it wouldn't work.. however the apparent 'kink' in the track going from curved to straight would drive me nuts every time I looked at it....

If it's unlikely that you would ever need the 'transition' position I'd be tempted to add a separated track piece - you may even be able to improve things by locating it further inboard or outboard as suits the need. It's not that big a deal to move the car from one track to another.. you can do that with the sheet still trapped.

As Marty says this would be a good time to upgrade the works.. although if it's not leaking now I'd be tempted to leave it undisturbed...

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